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Infant Feeding Practices Survey II

photo of a woman feeding a babyCDC is working closely with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to support the Infant Feeding Practices Survey II, a longitudinal study focusing on infant feeding practices and the diets of women from their 3rd trimester to 12 months postpartum. Infant feeding behaviors include patterns of breastfeeding, formula feeding, and solid food intake. The survey will be conducted using monthly mail questionnaires to a sample national mail panel, with over sampling of African American and Hispanic women.

In 1993–1994, FDA conducted the first Infant Feeding Practices Study measuring numerous factors that influence infant feeding practices. Yet, much has changed over the past decade, suggesting the need for more current information on infant feeding practices. The new 2005–2006 data will support ongoing programs within the Federal government.

Questions to be answered by the Second Infant Feeding Practices Study

  • Use of Consumer Products
    What types of formulas do infants consume and how?
    What are consumers' experiences with breast pumps?
    When and why do women express or pump milk?
  • Maternal Dietary Intake during Pregnancy
    What are the dietary practices of pregnant and lactating women?
    What dietary supplements do women take during pregnancy and lactation?
  • Characteristics of Infant Feeding Patterns
    When and how are complementary foods introduced?
    How is breastfeeding practiced among U.S. infants?
    Do U.S. infants consume teas or herbal preparations?
    Are feeding patterns of infants with a family history of allergy different from infants without this family history?
  • Determinants and Benefits of Breastfeeding
    Do birth hospitals in the U.S. adhere to the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding?
    Where do mothers receive information regarding infant feeding?
    What are the reasons for women to not initiate breastfeeding or to stop breastfeeding?
    Is breastfeeding intention related to a woman's perception of social support?
    Does maternity care practice affect exclusivity of breastfeeding?
    Does postnatal depression affect exclusivity of breastfeeding?
    Is workplace or child care breastfeeding support important for women to continue breastfeeding?
    Is the use of breast pumps related to breastfeeding duration?
    Do mothers who share a bed with their infants breastfeed longer?
    Are prepregnant weight and gestational weight gain related to breastfeeding patterns?
    Does breastfeeding reduce maternal weight retention following birth?
  • Recommendations and Evaluation
    How effective is the National Breastfeeding Awareness Campaign?
    Are the AAP recommendations for vitamin D supplementation for breastfeeding infants being followed?
    How have infant feeding practices changed from a decade ago?

For additional information visit Infant Feeding Practices Study II.

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